Awareness is unlimited. It is always with us, unchanging, and yet often it appears fleeting.
It is the space within which everything is arising but we have to learn how to access it. How to rest in it.
It is a basic teaching of yoga, that we have within us the power to live in the present but yet we spend so much time in our modern world holding onto the past and fretting about the future.
Patangali’s Yoga Sutras begin by defining yoga as mastery over the fluctuations of the mind and explains that when the mind is steady and calm we will then know our true nature.
These fluctuations are often called the monkey mind – like busy monkeys leaping from branch to branch. Our words and actions follow our mind and this makes us scattered. But when we learn to quieten the monkey mind, we can become truly attentive in our lives. We can connect with who we really are. We can live in ease. We can commune with life.
This state is is known as samadhi, bliss or ecstasy and is a state of complete absorption. We are fully present and aware. We are connected.
What better way to practice being fully present than a walking safari through the awe inspiring, pristine wilderness of the northern Kruger National Park.
This ancient land embraced by mountains and gorges, baobabs and fever trees offers an unrivalled walking experience.
We invite you to spend hours each day walking silently with us through the magnificent African bush with the chance of learning from animals in their untouched habitat.
Here, Awareness of every step you take, each sound you hear, each sight you see will magnify your experience of the vast, untamed wilderness. You realize that as awareness, you are all of it and it all of you.
Camping just meters away from the Luvuvu River, which is famous for drawing in big herds of elephants, you will live close to nature. Unhindered by borders, the wildlife roams free between South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Here you experience the true meaning of wilderness and come to rest, aware of your true nature.
ABOUT THE AREA:
The private Pafuri concession – within the world-famous Kruger National Park – lies in a vast, almost inaccessible triangle of wilderness between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers, along South Africa’s north-eastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east.
This ancient land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camp is located, harbours an abundance of life. It’s a natural choke point for wildlife crossing from north to south and back, and forms a distinct ecological region. Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here.
The area is also famous for its elephant herds in winter, which come to drink from the Luvuvhu river.
The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a trans-frontier park that spans 3 countries. The diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous sightings in what bird lovers regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.
While comprising only about 1% of the Kruger National Park’s actual area, Pafuri contains plants and animals representing almost 75% of the Parks total diversity.
WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?
This is an exclusive, next-level wilderness yoga retreat, designed for those looking to gain self understanding through movement, breath and quality time in nature. Some level of yoga experience preferable but not essential.